Harrison Consoles Mixbus by MixCoach
A year or so ago, I was approached by a friend, Nathan Adam, who was really excited about a new product from a local company, Harrison Consoles. Nathan and I have been doing Pro Tools tutorials together for the last 5 years or so. We saw an opportunity to do the same for this fledgling product.
Nathan told me about Mixbus and shortly after, we started digging into this version 1 workstation and putting it through the paces. It started out kind of rough, but since then Mixbus has matured nicely. We’ve made a couple of videos; you can purchase the latest one, “Pop Country Mixing”, at the Harrison store. I also have some free videos at my site MixCoach
For the last 8 years or so, I have been a pretty "Avid" (no pun intended) Pro Tools user… One might say a Power user… but the more I use it, the more I can see how Mixbus has nailed a few items that make mixes easier to “gel”.
Just the other day, I took a song that I was working on in Pro Tools and imported the raw files directly into Mixbus… you know, just to see how it would measure up.
The result was pretty surprising. On the PT session, I was using my plethora of plug ins.. Waves, iZotope Ozone, SSL etc., so to be honest, I thought that comparing the Mixbus mix to the PT mix with all the plugins might be a bit unfair. Boy was I wrong.
It took less time to mix in Mixbus because all of the plugins are already in place and ready to go. A world class EQ, Three types of Compressors, busses with tape emulation, EQ, Compression… all ready to tweak.
I think the only plugin I used was a reverb… (which I understand, Harrison is working on that too)
• What I noticed was the Mixbus mix was more open. I don't know if it's because of the cleaner signal path, the EQ or the way the output buss is structured with a -1db output to allow for less expensive consumer convertors
• It was warmer .. this was probably because of running every track through the 8 mix busses that Harrison provided.
• It happened faster. I think that having everything in place puts me back in the mindset of being a performer. I made decisions more quickly and I think it served the mix well.
If you get a chance, go and check out the free trial at Harrison Mixbus. I don't think you will be disappointed.